At First Sight

At First Sight

Infobox Film
name = At First Sight

caption =
director = Irwin Winkler
producer = Rob Cowan
Irwin Winkler
writer = Oliver Sacks (essay)
Steve Levitt (screenplay)
starring = Mira Sorvino
Val Kilmer
Kelly McGillis
Steven Weber
|Nathan Lane
Bruce Davison
music = Mark Isham
cinematography = Ivan Muñiz
John Seale
editing = Julie Monroe
distributor = Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
released = January 15, 1999
runtime = 128 min.
country = USA
imdb_id = 0132512

"At First Sight" is a 1999 American film starring Val Kilmer and Mira Sorvino, based on the essay "To See and Not to See" in neurologist Oliver Sacks' book "An Anthropologist on Mars".


When Amy Benic (Mira Sorvino) takes a break from her work as an architect at a spa, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with one of the workers, Virgil Adamson (Val Kilmer). He's everything that she has ever wished for, with only one "problem." He's blind. When researching, Amy comes across Dr. Charles Aaron, a specialist in eye treatment who suggests to Virgil that, with surgery, he could make the Blind Man see. At first Virgil refuses, and is offended, but after moving to Amy's home in New York with her, he agrees to go through with the operation. Nothing works out as either of them hoped. Just because Virgil's eyes can now see, doesn't mean that his brain can, and so he has to learn to see, which puts his and Amy's relationship to the test. Just as Virgil is getting used to seeing the world for the first time, he is informed that he is going blind again.

Cast and crew

The film was directed by Irwin Winkler.


The film currently holds a "rotten" rating on the movie review site Rottentomatoes, with 36% of people giving it a positive review. The film and its plot are mentioned in the "Friends" episode, "The One with Rachel's Big Kiss". The characters do not speak favorably of it.

External links

*imdb title|id=0132512|title=At First Sight

Actress: Mira Sorvino, Role: Amy Bennet

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